Colin Firth‘s wife’s former lover is clapping back at those stalking allegations.
Livia Giuggioli‘s former flame Marco Brancaccia, who has been accused of stalking and harassing the Italian film producer, has since defended that he only contacted Mr. and Mrs. Firth a handful of times after the end of the affair. Apparently, he sent the Oscar winner a letter detailing his relations with Livia.
Recently, Giuggioli admitted to having a liaison with Marco between 2015 and 2016, while briefly separated from her husband. However, per Colin and Livia, after the relationship ended, Brancaccia began stalking the 48-year-old. In an Italian police report filed by Giuggioli, Marco led “a frightening campaign of harassment” against the married twosome.
The now scandalized journalist has condemned these accusations as absurd. Marco explained to People:
“The reality is that Livia and I have known each other since we were youths, then in 2015-2016 we had an 11-month love affair. After it ended in June 2016 I never called her again. I did send her two WhatsApp messages, one happy birthday [text message] and an email to Colin, the latter which I truly regret.”
The European newsman also defended that, in addition to barely reaching out to Livia and Colin, he’s been off abroad in Brazil on assignment and didn’t contact Giuggioli during his one visit home to Italy last summer. He continued:
“It was sent out in a moment of frustration, sadness ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a terrible moment. In the email to Colin ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ which now in retrospect I truly regret sending ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I informed him of the affair I had with Livia. I would never now send that email. It was a terrible mistake, so much so that I even apologized. But to go from that to being made out to be a stalker is just not right.”
Hmmm, very inneresting. As to why he wrote a missive to the Love Actually alum, Brancaccia relayed:
“It hurt me very much so I wrote to him and told him everything about our affair. After a couple of days he answered. He was polite. He wrote something along the lines of, ├óΓé¼╦£You hurt me, but I understand that you are hurting too.’ After that, I never got in touch with them again.”
It seems very odd that the Firths would go after someone who just sent a couple messages. We can’t be the only ones thinking this, right??
In regards to his relationship with Livia, Marco claims he and the brunette stunner would often travel to see each other “as often as possible.” Over their 11 month courtship, the duo met in Italy, Brazil, London, and New York. He added:
“We would try and see each other as often as we could as it was a real love affair, for the two of us. We would speak on a daily basis and write WhatsApp messages during the day. Due to the different time zones often I would wake up to her messages as she would to mine. It was a love story.”
Huh. Supposedly, Livia broke things off with Marco when the latter began pressuring her about a divorce timeline with Colin:
“I have no reason to doubt that when she said she loved me and she wanted to be with me, she was being honest. But when it came to actions, and I asked her when she would tell Colin, she abruptly ended the relationship.”
Despite his past affection for Livia, Brancaccia chose to take legal action against his ex and her husband for allegedly defaming his name. After learning about the lawsuit, Marco filed for calumny against Giuggioli in May 2017, on allegations that the industry vet falsely made claims about him to the police.
Giuggioli’s ex from hell concluded:
“Together with my lawyers we established that what had been written in Livia’s complaint was slanderous. I have never threatened Livia or any other member of her family.”
We’re certain there’s more to learn about this drama. So be sure to stay tuned for any and all updates!!
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